[ dahy-uh-jee-sis ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈdʒi sɪs /

noun, plural di·e·ge·ses [dahy-uh-jee-seez] /ˌdaɪ əˈdʒi siz/. (in literature, film, etc.)

the telling of a story by a narrator who summarizes events in the plot and comments on the conversations, thoughts, etc., of the characters.
the sphere or world in which these narrated events and other elements occur.


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Origin of diegesis

1800–10; < Greek diēgēsis ‘a narrative’, derivative of diēgeisthai ‘to describe, narrate’ < dia- dia- + hēgeîsthai ‘to guide’


di·e·get·ic [dahy-uh-jet-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈdʒɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for diegesis

  • A surgeon has bought the 'Diegesis', and tendered me half a sovereign to give him a private lecture to-morrow evening.

    The Battle of The Press|Theophila Carlile Campbell